April 3, 2014 RSS feed / Front Page

‘Vaping’ at schools tough to police

Much more difficult to detect than traditional cigarettes, e-cigs present new challenge for educators, school resource officers

Teens in the Conjeo Valley and beyond have a new way to bring drugs onto campus. More...

Health & Wellness

Finding hope in every step

Moorpark boy one of 20 diagnosed with mysterious polio-like syndrome

Israel Olivera knew something was wrong.  In the fall of 2012, his then- 10-month-old son, Lucian, appeared to be favoring his left leg. More...

Communicating with aging parents

It may be time for the talk with your parents—not about the “birds and the bees” but a sensitive conversation about aging.  As our parents age, we, as adult children, are often hesitant to chat freely with them about their need More...

On the Town

Kavli Theatre to see dark side of the moon

Giant laser show is set to the hit songs of psychedelic rockers Pink Floyd

Laser Spectacular featuring the music of Pink Floyd will be presented at 8 p.m. More...

The Movie Nut

Yes, the story told on the screen strays from the story told in the Bible, but it’s those differences that help make “Noah” more human, more entertaining and more emotionally involving.  More...

Westlake club brings back the ’80s

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Sports

On course, on time

La Reina track andfield team stays busy during meets

La Reina High’s track and field team is on the decathlon workout plan.  With a small squad in numbers, the Regents are forced to compete like decathletes. More...

La Reina track coach meets the pope

When La Reina High track and field head coach Robert Lopez was in Italy over winter break, he received an unexpected handshake from Pope Francis.  More...

Warriors stand tall

Westlake boys’ lacrosse team wants to defend Marmonte title

The Warriors don’t shy away from competition.  Westlake High’s boys’ lacrosse team has dominated its Ventura County rivals the past two seasons.  The road to a third consecutive league title won’t be easy for the War More...

Pets

Girls Scouts take field trip to veterinary hospital

  BADGE WORK—Girl Scout troop No. 53 stopped by the Westlake Village Animal Hospital recently to learn about what goes on at a veterinarian hospital. The girls are working toward their pet badge. More...

Pet of the week

LITTLE LADY—Ariel, a 4-yearo l d shorthair tabby, was surrendered with littermate Dexter, a male tabby, when her family moved out of state. While he is outgoing, she is shy and affectionate. More...

Animal Services gets hopping for Easter

Bunny-centric event is April 19

Ventura County Animal Services will host the fourth annual Easter Eggstravaganza from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sat., April 19 at the Camarillo Animal Adoption Center, 600 Aviation Drive.  More...

Family

More residents diving into CRPD aquatics

Revenue from pool-related activities up nearly 50 percent since 2008

With spring break just around the corner and summer vacation not long after that, parents are starting to look for activities to keep kids busy. Among them are the aquatics programs offered by Conejo Recreation and Park District.  More...

Family Men

Spring-a-ding . . . dang!   My wife has this lavenderscented candle.  “Don’t you love it?” she said as I tried to figure out why my nostrils went from burning to charcoal so fast. More...

Columns

Hot Flashes

The trek to Yaya’s   I don’t need to raise the flag or build a ballfield. They come anyway with their built-in homing devices, cranked up to extra crispy, sort of GPS with benefits. More...

Editorials

Keep e-cigs off school campuses

The days of high-schoolers having to hide in the bathroom or behind a tall oak tree on the edge of campus to steal a “puff” are over. More...

Political Cartoon

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Predicting the future

Speaker kicks off 2064 Plan with look at what could be coming in T.O.

Who will live in Thousand Oaks in the next half-century, and how will the city serve its residents? More...

Hosting race comes at a cost

The hosting of the final stage of America’s premier cycling event by the City of Thousand Oaks will cost its taxpayers an estimated $200,000. More...

Community

Security head at University Village accused of thefts

Employee used key to gain access to seniors’ living quarters, police say

The security director of University Village senior living community in Thousand Oaks was arrested Monday on suspicion of burglarizing homes of the elderly residents living there. More...

League of Women Voters hosts candidates forum for Assembly race

The League of Women Voters of Ventura County, a nonpartisan political organization, will host a candidates forum from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Fri., April 25 at Camarillo City Hall, 601 Carmen Drive.  The public is invited to attend.  More...

Councilwoman maintains fundraising lead in 44th

McCoy narrows gap with help of out-of-town contributions

With the June 3 primary fast approaching, Thousand Oaks City Councilmember Jacqui Irwin has built the biggest war chest in the three-person race to represent California’s 44th Assembly District, which covers most of Ventura County. More...

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THURS., APRIL 3  Marine Corps League Reagan Detachment 597  6:30 p.m. at Junkyard Cafe, 2585 Cochran St., Simi Valley. Dinner and meeting. For men and women Marines and corpsmen of all eras. Web: www.MCL597.org. More...

Schools

Science fair winner explores cosmic rays

CHAMP—Kyle Osborn, 13, was the grand prize winner at the Los Cerritos Middle School Science Fair last month. The eighth-grader’s project was titled “Cosmic Rays: Day vs. More...

High School Hi Lights

Newbury Park Panthers Fri., April 4: Art show through Fri., April 11/cafeteria/7 a.m. to 9 p.m. JSF/audiovisual/8:30 to 11:15 a.m. After- prom ticket sales/ quad/9:45 to 10:15 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. More...

Yolks away!

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Business

NAWBO says ‘bravo’ to members

Awards gala is April 25 in Oxnard

The National Association of Women Business Owners Ventura County Chapter will present honors to the winners of its 15th annual Bravo Awards at a gala luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. More...

BUSINESS BITS

Pizza to go Pizzeria La Piccola, an Italian restaurant, moved to 2388 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd.  Scuba gear Channel Islands Scuba relocated their operations to 2955 E. Hillcrest Drive.  Auto repair Performance Napa Autocare opened at 621 E. More...

Rabobank names new vice prez

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Faith

The Bridge introduces new pastor

Timothy Sherreitt will be welcomed and commissioned as the new senior pastor at The Bridge Evangelical Free Church on Sun., April 13 at the 9 and 11 a.m. services at 999 Rancho Conejo Blvd., Newbury Park.  More...

Girl hosts stuffed animal drive for bat mitzvah

McKenna Katzman, 12, of Thousand Oaks will host a Stuffed Animal Drive for the nonprofit organization S.A.F.E. (Stuffed Animals For Emergencies) from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. More...

Sew dresses for Africa

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will have a sewing day to make T-shirt dresses for girls in Ethiopia from 9 a.m. More...

Letters

Fix intersection now, not later

I’m writing regarding the article in the March 27 Acorn about the “troubled” Lang Ranch intersection.  We’ve lived in Lang Ranch since late 2000 when this intersection was not configured the way it is today. More...

Sorority’s actions were correct

In the story “Better kept a secret?” you describe the controversy about two lesbian women who are members of a Christian sorority. More...

Helping animals helps people

“Spend funds on people, not lions” wrote one person in a letter published in the Acorn on March 13, reinforcing my conviction that a better education would benefit many in our community.  “The greatness of a nation and its mora More...